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Aug 25, 2011 5:08 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: There Is Still Room At Shelters For Local Residents

Aug 30, 2011 1:20 PM


8:50 p.m., Saturday, August 27

Authorities say there’s still room—and a small window of time before weather conditions worsen—to head to area shelters.

Currently, the American Red Cross has shelters set up at Hampton Bays High School, East Hampton High School, Riverhead High School, and Eastport South Manor Middle and High School.

And while a pet shelter at the eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College in Northampton is full, shelters for residents are not, said Craig Cooper, public affairs supervisor for the American Red Cross on Long Island on Saturday night. “I am not aware of any shelters in Suffolk County that have reached capacity,” Mr. Cooper said.

To check if a shelter is at capacity, go to www.redcross.org.

As weather conditions deteriorate, shelters are seeing traffic, Mr. Cooper said. “Right now is when the holdouts are getting in their cars and saying, ‘I’m going to a shelter,’” he said. “Across the board, new people are showing up.”

Most important, Mr. Cooper said, “there’s still time to go to a shelter.” Residents should take heed and head out before Hurricane Irene begins to batter the East End overnight.

Locally, Hampton Bays Union Free School Superintendent Lars Clemensen said that as of approximately 8 p.m., 140 residents have sought shelter at the high school, many from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Those at the shelter, Mr. Clemensen said, are “nervous, but they’re happy to be in a safe place.”

Hampton Bays fire department and ambulance volunteers helped to set up cots and blankets, he added. “We’re ready for bed tonight,” Mr. Clemensen said. The American Red Cross, he added, provided displaced residents with a hot meal—and a movie was shown in the auditorium. Mr. Clemensen, who planned to stay at the school, said the plan throughout the night was “to keep people comfortable and calm.” Custodians and security staff are on hand, too.

In East Hampton, interim School Superintendent Richard Burns said when he was last at the high school this afternoon, residents were stopping by to ensure there would be shelter tonight, with “everybody pitching in,” including town employees, to help the Red Cross set up.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said after issuing an order Saturday morning for mandatory evacuation, the day was “orderly and quiet,” with fire department responders going door to door to tell residents to leave for their own safety.

In Flanders, members of the fire department who made the rounds reported about half of those contacted said they planned to leave.

While there was no way to determine how many residents left for homes of family or friends, Ms. Throne-Holst said in addition to those who found shelter at the high school, approximately 35 senior citizens are gathered at the Human Resources Center in Hampton Bays.

She added that while the pet shelter in Northampton is full, the Southampton Town Animal Shelter had “a lighter load than anticipated.”

Ms. Throne-Holst said Southampton roads are quiet, and flooding has commenced; Pike’s Beach in Westhampton, she said, “is completely underwater. And the winds are starting to pick up.”

Mr. Cooper offered other tips, including the advice that residents should stay away from windows, batten down the last bit of lawn furniture, and make sure battery-operated flashlights and radios are close at hand.

The hurricane, he said, “is a test for all of us,” adding that he is proud of Red Cross workers for their efforts.



6:13 p.m., Saturday, August 27

East Hampton Town is offering special help to senior citizens and pets through the storm, in addition to the two shelters the town has set up at East Hampton High School and the Montauk Playhouse Community Center.

The Town Human Services Department is offering emergency shelter to residents who require the use of electronic medical devices and are worried about the power going out. Human Services Director Diane Patrizio said the department’s facility at 128 Springs-Fireplace Road is equipped with 10 cots and a power generator.

Those interested should call 324-6711. Ms. Patrizio added, however, that in many cases it may be more appropriate for a disabled resident to go to Southampton Hospital.

The department is also offering to make check-up calls to senior citizens who are staying at home. Residents who are interested should call the number above.

The town’s Code Enforcement Department is also transporting pets to an emergency animal shelter that has been set up at the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons in Wainscott, in the hours leading up to the storm.

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One would hope that before the East End declares the end of the world, that they will check the current forecasts, which call for Irene to diminish in strength, and possibly head to the ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 25, 11 6:24 PM
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I apologize for being one of those party poopers who believe that an "evacuation" of the twin forks is one the most absurd municipal fantasies that that ever been promoted.

You can't get out of this berg without massive rush-hour traffic jams in March! on a sleepy Tuesday!
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Aug 25, 11 7:43 PM
Reference to 1938 is a little off.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 25, 11 9:18 PM
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all tourists and weekenders should leave immediately.. and not return until next year.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Aug 25, 11 11:48 PM
That is such a stupid comment. Without the "weekenders" you would not have an economy and there would be no jobs. Are you jealous that some people can afford two homes?
By AFB (31), NYC/SH on Aug 26, 11 8:58 AM
Not a stupid comment. Before Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton became collectively to be known as "The Hamptons", there was life. The communities thrived, and believe it or not there were jobs!. That being said, "weekenders" should head home. They will take up resources that should be used for people who live in the area and they will only be in the way once the storm passes. If they own a home great, but they should leave their caretakers alone as they will ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 26, 11 11:10 AM
Are you overly sensitive because you are a weekender? The fact is, for those of us who grew up in what you refer to as the "hamptons" Weekenders are annoying, and as time has passed the influx of weekenders and tourists looking for the "hamptons" experience has changed the quality of life for the natives and I do not mean the members of the Shinnecock nation. That change has not been for the better. Do not fool yourself into thinking that these communities could not survive without tourist dollars...they ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 26, 11 12:58 PM
Wait a minute, Honey. You need to read your history. The last year "the hamptons" was really self sufficeint was 1875 or so. When the railroad came to eastern LI the rich followed asap. When Dr. Thomas rode out there in a buggy in 1870-71 he could see how lovely and healthy the area was. He convinced some of his patients to spend the summer in Southampton for their health. And the floodgates opened. Before the train my ancestors did rely upon their own brains and brawn for their livelyhood. There ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 26, 11 1:12 PM
afb..wow.. someone is a little thin-skinned. two things.. first , i was joking and second, i do own two homes.. both in east hampton.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Aug 26, 11 3:17 PM
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ohh AFB... "None are so empty as those who are full of themselves".
By olson8 (1), southampton on Aug 26, 11 4:00 PM
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"Sometimes, the "winner" takes nothing..."

~ Neil Peart
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 27, 11 2:44 AM
Like a million little doorways
All the choices we made
All the stages we passed through
All the roles we played

For so many different directions
Our separate paths might have turned
With every door that we opened
Every bridge that we burned

Somehow we find each other
Through all that masquerade
Somehow we found each other
Somehow we have stayed
In a state of grace

I don't believe in destiny
Or the guiding hand of ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 27, 11 2:51 AM
Maybe one paragraph could have sufficed...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 27, 11 2:53 AM
Really? I would love to see a boycott of all stores, restaurants, cleaning, maintenance and repair companies for just one week. You morons would be crying your eyes out without the money of those who are "over-achievers," and truly embrace what America has to offer. Move to Iowa if you want to live in a sleepy state.
By MsRainbow (19), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 11:31 AM
Psh, people make more money here because the second homeowners and tourists have driven the price of living up sky high. If they never flooded us, we'd still indeed be a collection of sleepy fishing and farming towns. No traffic, no crowds, less crime, no need to have 600 grand to own a normal 3 bedroom house, no price gouging on the essentials, like milk and fuel. People would work just as hard for a good life without feeling like hostages. It would again be a part of the Real World instead ...more
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 27, 11 11:44 AM
You new money wall street, no talent morning show (Miss Rippa) and bridge and tunnel juice head types have f-up the hamptons for years that's why love April and October. When ther are less of you...
PS: Do not come back next year or any year!
By hb (2), Patchogue on Aug 28, 11 12:03 AM
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The 1938 Hurricane reference is irresponsible at best, criminal at worst. Iberger also was quoted in another paper yesterday saying that the STHPD cannot hold residents hands, they must help themselves. PATHETIC, but coming from SHTPD it's fairly typical.

Almost all other munis on L Island geared up a few days ago just in case. As with everything else - SH Town will wait till the last possible minute. Good thing the storm looks to be weakening.
By G (342), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 7:31 AM
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The reference to the 1938 hurricane is a bit over the top, that was a catagory 3 Hurricane and currently the storm has been down graded to a high category 2. However, having been through a few Hurricanes out there, the last one being Bob in 1991,and I believe that was a catagory 2, its best to err on the side of caution. All non essential persons should leave or as harbor put it...Tourists and weekenders. Even if it downgrades to a tropical storm its still going to cause some damage,like flooding ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 26, 11 7:55 AM
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I think 1938 was a cat 4. It felt like a 5 or a 6 to me.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 26, 11 1:18 PM
Well I missed that one...wasnt even a twinkle in my momma's eye at the time, but from what I read about it, when it made land fall it was a Cat 3.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Aug 26, 11 1:46 PM
I think a lot of people are taking the hurricane very lightly. It could weaken, but we can be devastated with a lot less power than a hurricane. If we have a high lunar tide, and the wind is in the right direction we could have massive flooding. Add in there the over 12 inchs of rain expected, and you have the potential for a devastating storm. Stay inside tie up potential flying objects, and pray for the best!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 26, 11 9:24 AM
The new moon on sunday night all most in sync with perigee makes for big time tides even without the storm.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Aug 26, 11 9:53 AM
See our related story about the storm surge, which talks about this...
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 11 4:09 PM
Irene appears to be weakening. See links etc. in comment at the other article which is linked above. ["UPDATE: Hurricane Watch . . . . . "]

Regarding the wind direction, new moon high tide, etc. on Sunday night, recent comments above are spot-on IMO. Flooding of low lying areas is definitely a concern. If the eye goes west of us, the East End will be receiving winds from the South and Southeast in the dangerous quadrant of the storm, and the West end of various bays and harbors could be ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 11:42 AM
The filling of bathtubs with water would only pertain to those with wells, correct?
Am I mistaken about this?
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Aug 26, 11 12:22 PM
If you have an electric water pump, you should fill your tube. Once the electric goes off, your pump won't work.
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 26, 11 12:36 PM
Sorry, meant fill your tub, not your tube. ;[]
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 26, 11 12:38 PM
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Aug 26, 11 1:05 PM
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Downloadable maps East


By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 26, 11 12:43 PM
Read mu post above. We didn't always rely upon the rich and famous. There was a llife in the Hamptons before the beach crowd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 26, 11 1:14 PM
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ok, i'll bite..what are you, 179 years old?
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 2:14 PM
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Hey You! :) Please subtract at least 100 yrs. But you know, we're all living longer these days.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 27, 11 10:23 AM
And what were the schools and town facilities like before all the tax $ came in? Those who provide all the funding, can't vote, don't use the schools and have to deal with such negativity. You're just soooo spoiled and angry that you didn't do more w/your own life.
By MsRainbow (19), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 11:34 AM
It's not the weekenders in general. It's the people that come here for the summer and act like they're still in the city - honking their horns, double parking, blocking the intersections. Flying down the road at 50 mph when the speed limit is 25 mph. That's what bothers me the most.
By shinnhills (1), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 9:13 PM
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Remember Y'ALL are on the north east side of the storm. It is the worst side to be on. If all the threats of flooding and even a small wind come true it is not a good thing to be on the beach. People have died just because they were too curious about what the ocean looked like in the storm.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 26, 11 1:30 PM
The rich and famous have been coming here since 1897-I doubt summertime recalls before that.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 26, 11 1:37 PM
I just like to read history thanks to some very good teachers in SHS many years ago. Also the libraries East Hampton and Southampton have excellent records and reference material.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 27, 11 10:27 AM
"The supervisor urged all town residents to check the town’s website to determine if their home falls within a flood zone."

- this was helpful. try finding it.
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Aug 26, 11 1:43 PM
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dagdavid posted map links above at 12:43.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 3:39 PM
Also the maps are linked at the top left corner of this article, I just noticed.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 3:52 PM
So if one wants to go to Pike's Beach or Cupsogue to check out the surf they must do it before tomorrow at 10:00am. Seems like Czar Teller, Overpaid Dean are establishing a POLICE STATE and taking away our rights as US Citizens to freely travel. Communist!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Aug 26, 11 1:56 PM
Use your head, and check your attitude. We're a community.
By DOC (9), Riverhead on Aug 26, 11 3:27 PM
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Tub 1 filled with gin
Tub 2 filled with tonic
Limes check
Ready for storm
By Crankie (10), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 3:32 PM
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All the back and forth about this is ridiculous. What everyone is forgetting is that the town and village officials have to deal with numerous areas and numerous people. They can not make a house by house decision for the storm. They have to work in areas. If they make the call to allow people to stay and residents get hurt, you will all be critical of their decision. If they make the call to evacuate and nothing happens, you will all be critical of their decision. If all of you critics are ...more
By RKJBS (14), Southampton on Aug 26, 11 3:48 PM
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Mandatory evacuation ? I don't think so. I live on Weesuck Creek in EQ and have 3 boats to babysit.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Aug 26, 11 9:34 PM
People in our EEDRA community built a bern with 300 sandbags today to possibly prevent flooding on Atlantic Drive near the White Sands Resort. Locals and visitors...old and young pitched in for the good of the community.
The shovelers and sandbag holder's never asked whether they were locals, owners, renters just pitched in!
By renrogil (2), amagansett on Aug 27, 11 12:31 AM

Did the petroleum market receive a sufficient "fix"?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 27, 11 2:46 AM
Home page of Southampton town website says "voluntary only... Low lying coastal..."
This article quotes officials as stating "mandatory"- which is it? Do we stay or must we go?
By fishcove (39), southampton on Aug 27, 11 10:46 AM
This is off the town web site:
For clarification, the evacuations in the Town of Southampton are mandatory, based on the Executive Order Declaration of State of Emergency for anyone residing in low lying areas, coastal areas, areas previously known to have flooding issues either from tidal waters or rain or ground water and all mobile homes or trailers regardless of location.
By pcone (28), hampton bays on Aug 27, 11 3:34 PM
So many know it all's and so brave behind a computer. You'll be the first to piss and moan when 911 isn't there to save your butts when they told you to leave in the first place.....it's Mother Nature and she aint happy today....
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Aug 27, 11 11:00 AM
They now say we are only getting 1 inch of rain.
By Dr Spock (36), Hampton Bays on Aug 27, 11 11:13 AM
dr spock, i believe that is one foot.
By dtrain (10), Dallas on Aug 27, 11 1:22 PM
offical forecast is 5" to 8" of rain
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 27, 11 2:43 PM

8:50 p.m., Saturday, August 27

Authorities say there’s still room—and a small window of time before weather conditions worsen—to head to area shelters."

This storm may be over IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 27, 11 9:02 PM
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I hope everyone stays safe and heeds the hurricane advice. I saw some of the shops in the Village of Southampton, with sandbags at their doorways, on Jobs Lane, last night. They are taking this very seriously.

My lights are still on but I doubt for long. We are getting the "dirty side" of the hurricane, first with a new moon which raises the tides on a good day, and then the storm is coming in at high tide, now add the storm surge from the low pressure of the storm raising the seas 32 feet ...more
By WarriorMom (61), Southampton on Aug 28, 11 8:16 AM
The South Side of Amagansett is pandemonium. So much debris, and the ocean decided that we don't need a beach anymore. We drove around there today and it was like a video game with all the obstacles. One tree landed just outside the window I was looking out of. Will update tomorrow when things are calm again.
By YesYesBub (58), East Hampton on Aug 28, 11 1:19 PM